Spring is officially here, and in some parts of the world, that means the arrival of the cherry blossoms. Indigenous to Japan, the sakura are beautiful pink flowers that cover much of the Japanese countryside this time of year, and the resulting images are absolutely stunning.
Tourists come from far and wide to see the blooms, and locals often host “flower watching” parties known in Japanese as hanami. To celebrate this beautiful cultural tradition, National Geographic created a gallery of cherry blossoms, comprised of photos by members of the Nat Geo community. You can see some of them below.
An aerial view of Mt. Yoshino, one of the most popular and beautiful spots for cherry blossoms in the country.
This is Inokashira Park, where some Japanese celebrate the arrival of the blossoms.
A “sakura blizzard” at the park.
This would be an amazing way to see the blooms.
Farmers cultivating land surrounded by sakura blossoms.
Chidorigafuchi is another one of the popular spots for sakura viewing.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to visit Japan and see these incredible blossoms for yourself?
Next, magnificent trees from around the world.